Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 15, 2010




WJR and Forgotten Harvest to host Radiothon to help Metro Detroit Children

News-Talk WJR AM 760 and Forgotten Harvest have announced a one-day radiothon to benefit food rescue for children in Metro Detroit. On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, the station will feature interview segments with Forgotten Harvest from 6 a.m. on the Paul W. Smith Show through the Frank Beckmann Show, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show and the Mitch Albom Show at 7 p.m. Listeners will be encouraged to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only food rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the organization's website,, will accept donations throughout the day and will be linked with

The radiothon is part of Forgotten Harvest's "Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids," which is raising funds to rescue and deliver fresh, nutritious food for children to eat during the upcoming summer vacation and other times when they would ordinarily be eating meals at school. Forgotten Harvest plans to raise enough funds to help feed 20,000 children per day.

"The latest reports show one in four children face hunger or food insecurity in our country. Every corner of Metro Detroit is affected by this crisis," said Susan Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "This radiothon and partnership with WJR will help Forgotten Harvest expand our ability to rescue more fresh food and get it to children who otherwise would not have access to healthy meals when they're not in school."

Hosted by various WJR personalities throughout the day, the radiothon will feature interviews with Forgotten Harvest leadership to show the impact Forgotten Harvest has on the Metro Detroit children and their families. Every dollar raised in the telethon provides meals for five local children. Radiothon partner Busch's Fresh Food Market will challenge listeners to help Forgotten Harvest meet a matching goal of $25,000.


Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest is on target to 'rescue' 19 million pounds of food this fiscal year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 455 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 160 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.



Michigan Radio to examine, contrast Detroit Public Schools

Detroit's education system is in the midst of a crisis. In a new series, "Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities," Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) will examine the current educational challenges in Detroit, and how the city can learn from the reform strategies being used in New Orleans schools. These reports will begin Monday, May 17, and air for two weeks.

The Detroit Public School district (DPS) consistently falls at the bottom in academic progress among America's large urban districts. New Orleans' education system was in a comparable state before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005. However, in the aftermath of the storm, New Orleans became a laboratory for change by necessity. School leaders began to reconsider the direction of the city's low-performing public school system and to take action to improve it.

Though Detroit hasn't suffered a physical calamity of Katrina's scale, the city has suffered through years of economic devastation. As Detroit works to recreate itself, some school officials are looking at using reform strategies implemented in New Orleans to tackle the similar hurdles that DPS faces. Michigan Radio reporters Jennifer Guerra and Sarah Hulett have spent weeks looking at the two cities' school systems and talking with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and experts about their issues. Throughout "Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities," Michigan Radio will air reports from both cities, looking at the educational challenges Detroit faces as well as the reform strategies currently at work in New Orleans.

"Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities" will air on Michigan Radio during Morning Edition (M-F, at 5:20 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.) and All Things Considered (M-F, at 4:50 p.m.) the weeks of May 17-21 and 24-28.

The series will be accompanied by a special call-in show airing on Michigan Radio and WWNO Public Radio in New Orleans at 3 pm on May 25. Michigan Radio's Charity Nebbe will host "A Tale of Two Cities: Lessons the Motor City Can Learn From the Crescent City," a discussion about how reform in New Orleans has set an example for Detroit. More information about the call-in special and the series, as well as supplementary online resources, are available at

"Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities" is made possible by grants from The Kresge Foundation and The Skillman Foundation.



Detroit Free Press:

There were countless intriguing stories told and memories recounted during Michigan football's "takeover" of WTKA-AM during Friday's 7 a.m.-6 p.m. radio-a-thon. The event featured former U-M players and coaches, and it was another success, raising $66,000 to benefit the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital and specifically the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. The most intriguing moment might have come in the final 10 minutes of the 11-hour event when U-M athletic director Dave Brandon and football coach Rich Rodriguez offered an incentive -- a fivesome of golf with them for a $3,000 contribution... U-M radio-a-thon raises $66,000 for hospital (Sat, 5/15)







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